Marts see demand grow for pedigree dairy stock
Fancy prices are being paid for dairy cows and heifers as milk suppliers look to ramp up production this spring.
A lively trade was reported for mature cows, calved heifers and maiden heifers at Bandon Mart last week. Mart manager Tom McCarthy said close to 80 cows were on offer last week, with the bulk of the stock coming from pedigree herds.
Cows born in 2004-05 generally sold for between €1,400 and €1,500/hd, while younger stock made from €1,500 to €1,700/hd.
Mr McCarthy said calved heifers sold for between €1,100 and €1,500/hd. The best of the prices were paid for pedigree registered stock that had "nice bags", he added.
Fourteen maiden heifers went under the hammer, with most making between €720 and €860/hd. The mart manager said that a definite swing towards pedigree stock was evident from the sale.
This was due to the increased emphasis on protein in the A+B-C milk payment system, Mr McCarthy explained. He added that a major outbreak of TB in West Cork meant pedigree stock were in greater demand because they were worth more from a valuation perspective.
At Enniscorthy Mart calved heifers generally sold for €1,200 to €1,400/hd but high EBI stock made up to €1,500. Third calved cows made around €1,000/hd.